Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also authored several short stories such as "The Devil's Comedian", "The Devil v. George W. Bush", and most recently "Wait Until Tomorrow". He resides in New Jersey. Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I think the important lesson of this week is to know what you’re getting yourself into, and to appreciate it once it’s gotten. Life isn’t exactly infinite, so the key is to pick your battles. If something is worth fighting for, then go out and fight for it. You should also know that if you’re going to fight for something, you have to do it with all of your heart. You have to fully commit yourself to that driving force that keeps you going along, and you cannot waver. Doubt does not enter into the equation, because doubt can become a self fulfilling prophecy that ends in disaster. Do not doubt yourself, but at the same time do not rebuff criticism. Chances are, the people who are criticizing you from the outside are seeing an angle you can’t see from where you’re standing.
Also, don’t try to rush things. Don’t plague yourself with timetables, maps, and strategies if you don’t have to. Just keep your head about you, know what you’re doing, and always have a back up. There is so much we can do with our lives, and it’s easy to confuse what we think we should be doing and what we know we should be doing. Also, as strong as you might be, there’s always a weakness. There is always something that’ll send you crumbling down like a house of cards, and you need to know how to deal with that. Life is full of twists, turns, and setbacks; but if you know what you want, and you approach it and chase after it with a clear heart and an open mind, then no one will be able to beat your tenacity.
Whether it be a cause, a person, or a life’s goal there are things worth fighting for and worth having in our lives. They are the things that enrich us, the people that raise us up and make us feel like we can goddamn fly, the causes that allow us to face the light of the day with at least acknowledgement that maybe, just maybe, today will be different. Everything can turn around in a second, and you never know when that second will come. So keep your eyes open, and you mind sharp.
Congratulations to the class of 2009. May you, along with all of the classes before you, make this world a little better than how you found it. May your dreams come true, and may your causes flourish. Most of all, may you live the life you always knew you would.